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Friday, June 10, 2011

Zucchini Pickles

I love all things pickled. Now that my garden is in full swing I have a TON of zucchini (and weeds, grass and now squashbugs). I always grow zucchini, it is easy, freezes well to add to soups, bread, etc. Last summer with my last harvest of zucchini I made pickles. Wow. Love. I have been wishing ever since that I had made pickles with the very 1st zucchini I picked last summer. The zucchini stays firmer than cucumbers and you don't have to wait 7 days after canning to eat them. They are good in just 3-5.

Zucchini Pickles
make 6 pints

6 medium zucchini, sliced
3 cups apple cider vinegar
4 cups water
3 tbsp kosher salt (you can do less if you want, I like them a little salty)
1 bay leaf
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
2 tsp black peppercorns
3 tsp dried dill
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Pack zucchini into pint jars along with a sprig of fresh dill and 2 garlic cloves per jar.

add all ingredients except zucchini to pot, simmer on medium low for 10 min then bring to rolling boil. Pour boiling brine over zucchini and seal. Process (I don't process my pickles). Wait 3-5 days before eating.


  1. How long will they last if not processed? Do you keep them in the fridge or pantry?

  2. Honestly, i have no idea. The ones I made last year were gone quickly with one jar lingering in the pantry for possibly 6 months. Process if you want, I just dont process my pickles.

  3. I can't wait to try this! Last year I only managed many, many zucchini muffins. Just to clarify, is it 2 (smashed) cloves of garlic for the brine PLUS two (whole) cloves of garlic per jar?

  4. Josie- yes, 2 whole cloves per jar, plus 2 smashed in brine. You can have as much or as little as you like, we like it garlicky!

  5. We are going to have to give these a try!! Our little guys Love pickles, we'll soon have zucchini coming out of our ears, and I'm not sure our "pickling cucumber" plant will do very well... Win-Win! Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. I'm new to long should I process these for? 10 minutes? That's what I did with another zucchini pickle recipe I tried.

  7. Process for 15 minutes in a water bath for altitudes less than 1001 ft.